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are not just dumping it on a few people. senators like john mccain have made similar statements. your republican governor, along with congress to stop the sequester, stop the skies. but i just had to be honest with you. there're too many republicans in congress right now who refuse to compromise even an inch when it comes to closing tax loopholes and special interest tax breaks. that is what is holding things up right now. keep in mind nobody is asking them to raise income tax rates. we asked to consider closing tax loopholes and deductions that the speaker of the house, john boehner, said he was willing to do a few months ago. he said there were loopholes and reductions yuko close come as a could 800 coming trillion dollars by closing loopholes. we're not even asking for that much. all we are asking as they close loopholes for the well-off and well-connected, hedge fund managers are corporate jet owners who are all doing very well so we can avoid laying off workers were kicking kids out of head start or reducing financial aid for college students. i don't think that's too much to ask
cuts versus tax increases? what do you think should happen? should there be compromise perhaps? john mccain, the senator, republican, from arizona sparked this headline in "the washington post": mccain says maybe to new taxes to avert sequestration. here's what he had to say. >> the president is the same one that during the campaign said it's not going happen. remember that? he just dismissed it. and a lot of us, in fact, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte and i were traveling around the country warning about what was going to happen as a result of sequestration, and it is devastating. the world is very dangerous. i'm sorry i'm a little emotional about, but the men and women serving in the military deserve better than what they're giving -- what were given them. they don't know what they're going to be doing tomorrow. we just delayed the deployment of an aircraft carrier. the cuts are coming across the board. the consequences are severe. it requires a bipartisanship. would i look at some revenue closers? maybe so. but we've already just raised taxes. why do we have to raise taxes again? >> in his
-- the presiding officer: the senator from arizona. mr. mccain: i will just respond to my friend -- and he is my dear friend. i didn't note that sense of urgency for three months when john tower's nomination was held in limbo by the then majority of democrats. the secretary of defense post was vacant at that time as well. so this is not the first time in history that a secretary of defense's position has been vacant. the and, again, i hope that we can get this resolved, moved forward, and i think that the senator from michigan and my friend understands that we can get this issue resolved on the day that we return from the recess. certainly there is, i believe, sufficient votes to invoke cloture at that time. mr. levin: madam president, if the senator -- the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. mr. levin: if the senator from arizona would yield for a minute -- and he is my dear friend -- i don't believe that senator tower was filibustered. there was a delay in et going to that vote. but i don't believe there was a requirement that there be -- and i may be wrong on this -- but i don't bel
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